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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: My Time Line That Goes To Every Wedding.

November 16, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute, this is a timeline. Every meeting I have I write out notes and I run by the bride and groom what their schedule is and a lot of times I integrate with them what they want, do they want to have a grand entrance, do they want to have themselves join the cocktail hour, are we doing father/daughter, mother/son? This is an early one, this would be copy two. Every time I update it, I make a new copy. Even if I have an onsite or an outside coordinator, I think it's imperative that the DJ knows what's going on. Once these are finished, they get the music put in them. So that way if there's any questions, if something were to happen to me, I could hand this off to another DJ in the file and say, here you go, here's their timeline. This would also have another piece that would giv... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Get Cables And Cords In Different Colors For Different Needs.

November 9, 2017 by DJ Jay
Now, DJ tips in under a minute, I know it's dark in here, but hopefully you can see that, that's my extension cord today. It carries three plugs on it. And again, sorry it's dark, but I knew I was doing white pipe and drape today. So to make things look better behind it, all you can pick up is the white cable, which is actually right there blending in with the pipe and drape. So if you know you've got to do something like this where there's going to be white around the room, invest in a couple of white cables. Most of mine are black, I've got a yellow, I've got orange, I've got green, I've got all the colors of the rainbow, but in a case like this, I wanted to be able to really melt in with the pipe and drape. So the other thing is ask them to turn the lights down. Matt, the onsite here, has been awesome abou... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Use Odd Number Lights And Light Up Areas That Normally Are Ignored.

November 2, 2017 by DJ Jay
DJ tips in under a minute from a wedding, three lights, one, two, three. I talked to a lighting designer and a home designer and they both said, work in odd numbers. It's more impactful and it draws the eyes. So I have three lights today down the hallway, not four as I would normally do. So the tip is work in odd numbers, but also, try to find spaces that may not normally get lit up. As you can see, I'm going out into the main wedding area. This wall will stay here, but this wall will move and then we'll have everyone come inside. So if they go down this hallway towards the bathrooms, I want to give them an opportunity to pick up some of the light that's in the room. And again, these are tips that I've picked up from talking to lighting designers and other staffing at events as to what looks really sharp a... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: We Create Moments That Photographers Can Capture.

October 26, 2017 by DJ Jay
DJ Jay with DJ tips in under a minute. Here are some pretty pictures from weddings that I found and I noticed they all had really cool lighting that I bet was supplied by the DJ. So we get with the bride and groom, we ask, what do you want for lighting? What do you think about this color, what do you think about that color? But do you ever get with photographers and say, I've got all this beautiful lighting, can you do me a favor, can you take your photos early enough that we can bring the lights down so my lighting looks good and the bride and groom are really happy? Because sometimes they drag big lights out onto the dance floor. So work together with your vendors, especially photo. I firmly believe DJs create moments that photographers capture. So with our beautiful lighting, all of our work, our clean se... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Use Dot Laser Lights After The Formal Photos Are Done.

October 19, 2017 by DJ Jay
DJ Jay with DJ tips in under a minute. Most of us have one of these lights, these beautiful little laser lights, whether it's micro, whether it's a regular one, whether it's the galaxian, whether it's the atmospheric, a small one, a big one, different companies, I have lights from all different companies, but as much as I like them and as cool as I think they look, I've found out by talking to photographers that they're not keen on the little red and green dots on people. So outside of just showing them strictly on the ceiling, try this, run them after all the main photos are done. Have the light, tell the photographer, tell your client, tell everybody, you know what, I'm going to run these cool lights once your photos are done for all the formalities, special dances. We're going to kick the lights down and ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Try To Get The Bar To Move Inside.

October 12, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute, the bar is way back there outside. I want the bar inside. I should've fought for it, because that's my dance floor, there are all my tables, here's all my guests, here is my head table right on top of me, but the problem with this room is the bar they've taken and put it outside. So everybody that wants to get a drink throughout the night is going to head outside to get it. They can't hear the music or the announcements. It'll work out fine, it's not the end of the world, but from now on, I'm going to ask the bride and groom, where do you plan on having your bar? And if they say outside, I'm going to suggest how about having it inside? Because that way all the guests that I want to have dancing later on stay inside and chillax. So DJ tips in under a minute, if you have a... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: A Twist On A Bridal Processional.

October 5, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. I'm using Christmas music for an upcoming wedding. I've used this track before, I have kind of a rocker bride and she wanted something different that would speak to who she is for her processional. So I'm using "Christmas Canon Rock." It's actually Canon in D and it's done on kind of a rock tip. The group is Trans-Siberian Orchestra made up of rockers and metal heads that do Christmas music and this is what my bride's actually going to be walking down the aisle to. So she's pretty stoked, because it says who she is and it's a little dramatic, which my bride is. I've e used it before, it's gone over really well. So it's a great track. It's listed as "Christmas Canon Rock." So if you have a bride that needs something different, especially on the rock tip, check out Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christm... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: A Must Have Christmas Collection.

September 28, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute here, it's holiday time, Christmas time and one of the staples that I use is this, Gary Hoey, Ho-Ho-Hoey, the complete collection, 15 tracks, all covers, all instrumental style by Gary Hoey, an amazing guitar player who I've had the pleasure of hanging out with at NAMM a couple times and seeing in concert, just amazing guy. But it switches gears up a little up a little bit, changes the traditional kind of almost tired Christmas music and brings a little life to it. So I highly recommend this one, along with some other ones that I'll show, but this is a staple of mine. It's got upbeat tracks like this, this is "Jingle Bell Rock" and then it's got other tracks that are not quite as rockin'. So if you need to get your hands on some good holiday Christmas music for your partie... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Loungey Christmas Music For Your Parties.

September 21, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute, the lounge Christmas series, jazzy piano lounge, instrumental lounge, vocal lounge, whatever you're looking for, but a little bit different than the standard Christmas fare that you're going to get in the stores that everyone's going to hear throughout the holiday. So if you've got a holiday party coming up, check out some of these, they're called the Ultra-Lounge Christmas series, old style, kind of jazzy, big band-y, real classic, very kind of more on the upbeat and mellow side, but add something to the party. I always get compliments when I take these CDs out. I myself will do some Christmas music for dinner as well as cocktail and then kind of break off and do the party scene. So you don't need too much, maybe one or two of these, a Hoey CD and you're good to go. So a... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Christmas Lighting Package

September 14, 2017 by DJ Jay
Ho, ho, ho, it's the holidays and it's DJ tips in under a minute, your Christmas lighting package as you can see. Excuse the cables and wires, but this is what I'm offering to my holiday parties this year, a vibrant display of red and green, the colors of the holiday, at least out here in So Cal and this is something I'm offering as a lighting package and I'm selling it as Christmas colors in the lighting. And they say, what's that? I say, I do a wash red and green around the room. And because these lights are all close together, you probably can't see that too well, but that's actually coming off a little bit like an amber, because red and green are the primary colors for amber. So you've got a holiday party, you need a little something extra, try this, set your lights to red and green, run them around the r... [read more]